I just finished making my very first formal dress for Kista. It was nearly as hard as I was expecting it to be. David seriously doubted me when I told him I was going to make it but I think he was impressed in the end. This is also the first project I have done that I didn't use a pattern. The skirt was adapted from a pattern and then made my own pattern piece but the bodice I competely made up on my own. I am quite proud of the end result. The dress form I got for Christmas definitely made the whole process a lot easier. The fabric was an overlay of chiffon over satin. I was really nervous before I started because I have never used sheer fabric before. I had to learn how to do french seams and blind stitch hems for the dress. They both gave the dress a real polished look. I wasn't happy with how it turned out but I figure it was pretty good for my first time. I am usually not such a perfectionist on my own clothing but since it was for someone else I wanted it to be a good as possible. It is still hard to believe though that I had just made my first dress this time last year. Sewing has definitely become an obsession. Thankfully David doesn't seem to mind the mess and busy wife too much. I figure eventually he will make me my own sewing room :) Since it has been so long since I have posted I do have several other projects I have finished for myself but never took pictures. I will eventually add those for everyone to see. My next project will be a baby shower gift and then maybe a Mardi Gras Ball dress for Courtney. She is in the process of looking for one and if she can't find something she likes then I might make her one.
My next goal is to learn how to make custom made bathing suits. I think I could make some money at this especially here in Auburn. Kista told me about a lady in Pensacola who charges like $80 and you have to order one six months in advance to get it. As soon as I can make it to Columbus or Montgomery I will buy some swim suit material and see how it goes. I for one know that I can never find a bathing suit that I like that fits the way I want so this could be interesting. Stay tuned for updates on how this goes. . . .